David Benedict was a nineteenth century Baptist historian who was well known in his day though not well known today. He was a Missionary Baptist and traveled extensively in the United States and wrote history including: “History of the Baptists”, 1813; “Abridgment of Robinson’s History of Baptism,” 1817; “Abridgment of History of the Baptists,” 1820; “History of all Religions,” 1824; “History of the Baptists Continued,” 1848; and then “Fifty Years Among the Baptists” in 1859. All of this while pastoring for 25 years in Pawtucket, R.I. This book of 300+ pages and 29 chapters tells of Benedict’s experiences among Baptists over a 50 year period of his life, decade by decade. Of course, the book is filled with quotable anecdotes and illustrations but also with interesting history about controversies that remain today. Very interesting read and a great find in a used book store.
Local Churches and Their PastorsOctober 29, 2016
The month of October afforded me a number of opportunities to fellowship with local church pastors from various states and even countries. Though I have written on the local church a lot this year, I want to relate the blessing that I received from my fellowship with these men and also to enhance our appreciation […]
Borders, Language, and CultureAugust 1, 2016
41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 42And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done […]
Why Do We Have Baptists in the First Place?December 2, 2015
In a day and age when Southern Baptists are the largest Protestant denomination in America and Baptist churches are seemingly everywhere, it is easy to ask what Baptists are all about and even why are they so prevalent. There is no short answer but I think that a brief general account of their beginnings can […]